Leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who was instrumental in restricting Royal Challengers Bangalore to a low total with a spell of two for 21, was a disappointed man as Lucknow Super Giants slumped to its third straight home defeat.
Bishnoi said skipper K.L. Rahul’s injury was a big blow from which the team never recovered. He said the target was achievable and blamed the batters’ bad shots for the defeat.
“It was a 100% achievable score on this wicket. The injury to Rahul was a setback and we were one batter short due to that. Then we played a few poor shots. We just had a bad day with the bat. Otherwise, it was a good wicket to bat on,” he said.
Bishoi also expected Deepak Hooda, who is going through a lean patch, to strike form quickly. “He is a good player and it is a matter of one innings. Our batters didn’t click so we couldn’t chase down totals. I hope they will come good in the next match,” he said.
Josh Hazlewood, who played his first match of this season, said it was a collective effort from the RCB bowlers which paved the way for the win. “We thought at the innings break that we had a chance if we took wickets. Siraj gave us an early breakthrough and the spinners played their part. It was a collective effort from the bowlers,” he said.